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    Dead berried female this evening. Not sure what's going on. Might have to look into pet aquatic rocks at this rate.

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    What kind of test kit are you using to check water params?

    Why the salt treatment?... I have never heard of using salt with shrimp.

    No need to remove molts, it's actually better to leave them in there, additional source of calcium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    What kind of test kit are you using to check water params?

    Why the salt treatment?... I have never heard of using salt with shrimp.

    No need to remove molts, it's actually better to leave them in there, additional source of calcium.
    Scutariella japonica

    She's not kidding about infection rates in Taiwan populations. Everything I buy has them.

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    Dip shrimps in salt solution bath, adult parasites fall off. Parasite eggs end up in molts, so discard a round or two of molts immediately following to eliminate problem.


    Ashamed to say I only have NO2/NO3 liquid tests (didn't buy others at the time because reasons). They are Tetra brand, and are less incrementally accurate than API test kits. Are there tests you guys recommend that aren't included in the API master kit? I'm just going to order it this week.

    NO2 has consistently tested 0ppm, and NO3 at 12ppm (was panicking about it not being >0 ppm also, but meh).

    Adding a parboiled gai lan leaf (common spinach and kale are not readily available to me) eliminates finding loads of shrimpy corpses with that awful white molting ring. Most have molted normally, but I am still finding a dead one every few days. I've head excess protein in the diet can also cause molting issues (i.e. growing too fast)? I'll take some water to get tested at LFS/LPS while I wait for the master test kit.

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    Sorry to hear about the loss of your mamma shrimp. Your link was quite interesting, thank you for sharing it.

    Are you able to find IAL (Indian Almond Leaf) readily, where you live? My shrimp seem to like those quite well. I've read about a number of advantageous properties that IAL are reputed to give. I'm wondering if laying that upon your substrate would provide protection from the slight leaching that your substrate might be undergoing. IAL provide a good home to grow desirable infusoria as well. Shrimplets can eat those.

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    I'm familiar with ellobiopsis as I've seen a lot of members in FB shrimp groups posting about the parasite, but this is the first I've seen of the scutariella.

    Failed molts are almost always attributed to a lack of calcium and other minerals in the water. When having molting issues, it is important to get a kH/gH test kit, like the one sold by API. For neos, you want to aim for 2-5 degrees of carbonate hardness (kH), and 6-8 degrees of general hardness (gH).

    Some people prefer to put things like cuttlebone in the tank for a calcium source. Others who like to be more precise prefer to use remineralizer products like the one I linked above as it is very easy to hit specific targets and keep the water parameters exactly where you want them.

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    IAL, probably. There are loads of avenue trees here, but I steal oak, maple, mulberry, magnolia etc. from the nearby college campus. Our first cold snap just happened so I need to go soon! (64 F really isn't that cold; hilarious to see locals triple layering with bubble jackets, scarves, snow clothing, etc, but still wearing flip flops)

    Remineralizer seems like it would produce more consistent, more immediate results across the population vs cuttlebone or crushed coral.

    I tried saving the female's eggs after posting last night. They were already pretty developed (eyes, spots of red coloration showing), and two hatched overnight. A few are goners, we are hopeful for a few more.

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    Kind of a thread necro, but I wanted to thank everyone who responded and gave suggestion. Nitrate buildup and calcium deficiency were (as suggested!) the primary murder culprits.

    I bought some (giant) duckweed online, that keeps the nitrates at close to zero, and added a piece of cuttlefish bone.

    Unfortunately some pond/ramshorn snails snuck in with the duckweed (wasn't sure if the plants would survive a bleach dip), but I smash all the baby snails I can find with planting forceps. Plus side is the shrimplets love the fresh snacks.


    Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone on this forum! I solemnly swear to stop killing the shrimps.

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